What does Australia Day mean to me?

Australia Day to me for a long time has just been “another Public Holiday”. It was only until I started opening my eyes to the world that my interests in the history of Australia Day began to spark. Questions were unanswered; like when did Australia Day begin as a recognised holiday? Why do we see ourselves as ‘Bogans’? Why is there so much hatred around on this holiday? What makes someone Australian?

Well firstly, Australia Day has only been completely recognised nationally as a Public Holiday since 1994. Did you know that? 1935, this was when the term ‘Australia Day’ was adopted by all states and territories to mark the date, 26th January. There have been numerous attempts and suggestions of changes to this date and the name of this holiday; however it’s only recently that I personally have noticed a massive ‘social whinge’ about Australia Day becoming a different name. Why? Well social media has truly helped the small group of complainers reach the masses quickly; but there is such a lean towards the anti-Islam crap on Australia Day!  Have we beome so narrow minded that all we care about today is anti-islam? Why can we not just celebrate what we all believe Australia Day means to us peacefully?

For me, Australia Day is a chance to celebrate how lucky we are in a country that is this beautiful. I celebrate and embrace my amazing multi-cultural family and our heritage. I was born in Australia; but if it wasn’t for a man that stole a loaf of bread in the UK, I wouldn’t be here! How many generations need to be born in a country before they are classified as a countryman?

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For some Australians this day brings sorrow and a feeling of survival. 26th January represents the arrival of the 1788 First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, NSW. This was a fleet full of starving, sick convicts (white men in chains). It was also the day life changed for the indigenous Australians, the Aboriginals. Once the British arrived (and they were cruel people – just look back at what they did to India!) the Aboriginals were killed, raped and tortured just for fun. So as you can see, for some it can be questioned why should we be celebrating this day?

So back to my heritage; I am a mixture of English, Spanish, Irish and Scottish – to me that is what makes me Australian! My husband is a mixture of Pakistani and Indian – to me that makes him Australian! Our daughter is all of those combined and that definitely makes her Australian! And I am sure if I dug deeper into our ancestry past that I would find even more of a mix.

So why all the Bogan hype? I am raising my hand right now, very proudly and stating I am not a Bogan and will never be! So when I heard a journalist state this morning that Australia Day was the one day in 365 days for all of us to embrace our true bogan selves – I thought “you dumbass!”. Not all Australians roam the beaches and parks talking in slang while having a beer in the hand. No offense to the ones that do this; but admit it, you do it all the time without needing a day every year to do so 🙂 So embrace it! Do I wear thongs? Bloody oath I do! Does this make me a bogan? Hell no!

What will I teach my daughter about Australia Day? I will teach her about how it began and how Australia became the country it is today. She will learn to love and appreciate all the differences in Australian people and cultures; and she will learn to celebrate diversity and the freedom to be who we are.

So on this fine Australia Day, I leave you with this…

Embrace who you are and your family’s past; celebrate our freedom and enjoy the company we hold. For no matter who we are, where we came from or what we believe in; we are all Australians and we are so lucky to be in such a beautiful country on such a gorgeous day.

Love Ang x

Clean Coated Chicken Thighs

Remember I mentioned my husband is fussy? Well this household has about 95% of their meals with Chicken! Yes, that is mostly all he will eat. So it puts me into a spot to come up with as many ways to eat chicken as possible; while still being healthy and tasting great.

These coated chicken thighs (or breasts if you prefer) can be made in a batch and refrigerated for those that like to prep meals or if you take lunches to work. They go great with salads or veggies. Think… giant sized healthy nuggets!

What you will need…

  • 1kg Chicken Thigh Fillets
  • 2-3tbs Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup Panko Crumbs
  • Moroccan Seasoning (You can use any spice combo you prefer, ie. lemon spice)
  • 3 Eggs, whisked
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1tbs Olive Oil

The first process is to grab 3 bowls;

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In one bowl, add the flour. Another whisk the 3 eggs; and the last bowl place the panko crumbs, chia seeds and spices and mix together.

Grab your chicken thighs and start coating 🙂 (At this stage you can cut your thighs if you prefer smaller pieces but I coat them whole)

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Coat your chicken in the flour first, ensuring both sides are covered. Dust off excess.

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Now cover both sides of the chicken with the egg, let the excess drip off.

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Lastly, cover both sides in the crumb and spice mixture. Shake off excess.

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Place the chicken pieces on a lined baking tray and drizzle with a small amount of olive oil. Bake for about 35-45 minutes at 180 degrees until golden brown. ENJOY!

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Let me know what you think 🙂

Love Ang x

Clean Salmon, Spinach and Sweet Potato Patties

Just like our Chicken Patties, these have a similar concept. I mix the ingredients, coat in Panko crumbs and cook.

What you need;

  • Tin of Salmon (I think it was 425g)
  • 1-2cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese (I used tasty)
  • Sweet potato, steamed/boiled (use a whole regular size potato)
  • Spices to taste
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup Panko crumbs, to coat
  • Coconut oil (or other healthier oil options), to cook

*You could use Tuna if you don’t like Salmon.

Mix all of the ingredients (except the crumbs and oil) together in a bowl until all combined. The spices I used were sweet paprika, Moroccan spice, oregano and chilli flakes.

Heat the oil in pan; Make a ball from the mixture and coat in the panko crumbs. Place in the pan and flatten with an egg flip. Cook until golden brown on both sides. These only take about 5-10 minutes to cook so don’t leave unattended for too long.

These are great as a snack, lunch or dinner – hell even breakfast! They are delicious and a great way for the kids and fussy husbands to eat some healthy veggies.

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Enjoy! Tell me what you think 🙂

Love Ang x

Clean Chicken Patties

We love these chicken patties, rissoles; whatever you want to call them 🙂

These are a go-to staple for us on a weekly basis and I use whatever is in the kitchen at the time for fillings. You can add any sort of vegetables your taste buds enjoy. I believe your entire family, even the fussy ones will enjoy these.

What do you need?

  • Chicken Mince 500g
  • 1 Egg
  • Sweet Potato, chopped and steamed/boiled
  • Red Capsicum, 1/2 cup chopped
  • Red Onion, 1/2 diced
  • Grated Cheese, 1/4 cup (I usually use parmesan, however at the time I had Tasty)
  • Panko Crumbs, 1 cup to coat
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Spices and Chilli Flakes, to taste as desired
  • Coconut Oil (or other healthier oil option) to cook in

*If the mixture is too soft for you, you can add 1/2-1 cup of wholemeal or atta flour to bulk it up.

This recipe makes approx. 6-7 patties

Mix all ingredients (except the panko crumbs and oil) in a large bowl until it is all combined.

 

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The spices that we use are Moroccan spice mix, curry powder and dry herbs with chilli flakes. I also throw in about a 2tbs chia seeds.

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Place your Panko crumbs (I love these over the normal bread crumbs!) in a small bowl for coating. *You can find Panko crumbs in the Asian section of your local grocery store*

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Make a ball of the mixture and coat in the crumb, then place into the hot pan with oil, squash down with an egg flip and cook on both sides until golden brown and cooked all the way through. These don’t need to be on a high temperature and do cook fairly quickly so don’t leave unattended for too long.

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Now all that is left to do is ENJOY! These do not last long in our household, but if you find you have some left than they can be stored for up to 2 days in the fridge.

Play around with the flavours and fillings and let me know what you think. We have made a Thai inspired flavour previously with fresh coriander, we have also used fresh baby spinach in the past. The options are endless!

Love Ang x

 

 

 

The week that was

Two days late; I do apologise. We were hit by a massive electrical storm last Thursday and our modem was fried. So now that we have our replacement up and running I can finally catch up on all my work.

Toothaches are the worst!

Friday morning I woke with the most excruciating toothache and all I could think was “pull this damn thing out already!” I called the local dentists straight away to see if I could get in and luckily I was in within 2 hours. The one thing I always stress about when going to the dentist is… COST! Hence why I really don’t go to the dentist as often as I should. I cant believe how expensive it is to get basic dental care in this country. I realise that I should be grateful we have access to great dentists and that we have great healthcare; but man for people like us who are living week by week on our income really need to have better dental prices.

The statistics of lower income (even middle income) people in this country that don’t have dental care access due to costs are ridiculous. If only the government would stop wasting money and perhaps put basic dental care on the Medicare system. If the basic dental needs were met with Medicare rebates I truly believe that there would be less of a need for people having tooth extractions, root canals, etc.

Well that’s my rant over 🙂 Back to my toothache.. I was given antibiotics to take for the infection and I am heading back there this afternoon to unfortunately have it extracted. Thank god my face has returned to normal now; Friday night my cheek looked like I had a tennis ball in my mouth! Not a pretty site.

Healthy Lifestyle

As mentioned in past weeks, I have made the choice to follow a much more healthier lifestyle and I finally got around to weighing myself for the first time since being pregnant and I must admit I shed a few tears; but in one week I have now lost 3.6kgs! Woohoo 🙂

I haven’t started any exercise regime as of yet, I just don’t think my body is ready for that yet. However I do plan to start walking more with the pram once it cools down and isn’t raining (seriously what is up with the weather here these days). All I have done is thrown out the processed foods and high sugar foods. I don’t like counting calories and I am never one to write down everything I eat through the day. When you cut out the crap and watch the portion sizes you will be amazed at what your body does!

Rolling Over and Teething… Where has my baby gone?!

Well my gorgeous girl has had a massive week. She rolled over for the very first time and she has started the terrible teething process. No teeth are showing yet, but her gums are swollen. It is such a terrible feeling when your child is in pain, you would do anything to ease their discomfort.

I am super proud of our little munchkin though for rolling over. She is almost sitting up on her own too! It’s so crazy she is not quite 4 months old yet. Babies really do not last very long.

 

First ETSY Orders!

Well I am excited to say that we received our first two etsy store orders in the last week. I have been super busy the last week making more stock for the store so will be pleased to put the listings up over the weekend.

Well until next week;

Keep smiling and thanks for reading

Love Ang x

Pee, Burnt Food and Baby Giggles

Wow what a week it has been! From burning hubby’s dinner to being peed on and all the fun stuff in between.

Kitchen Disasters!

This week was not my week in the cooking department; and I have the scars to prove it. With all this healthy eating and change of habits (notice the D word wasn’t mentioned) I had decided every week I was going to either try a new recipe or make one up myself. I’ve done the 7 days of dry chicken breast and broccoli before – not doing that again!

So over the weekend I was having my usual Pinterest Fest and came across some recipes I was keen to try; they ticked the list of

  • Easy
  • Minimal Tasks
  • Healthy
  • Hubby would approve (fussy little bugger he is)

Unfortunately I was suffering from the all too common Mummy Brain and one dish came out tasting like sea water (way too much salt) and the other dish was burnt to the shit house. Mummy Brain should always come with an alarm so I don’t go in the kitchen or try to attempt anything at the time that may need my full attention!

Needless to say I was devastated and in my zombie like state I just gave up and we had a very basic chicken salad (surely I couldn’t burn that, right?).

Forward 2 more days and I was cooking some Anzac biscuits for us (I make healthy ones with the only sugar coming from honey/golden syrup) and Mummy Brain started to rear its ugly head and I burnt my wrist on the oven tray.

I have now made myself a rule that there is no more kitchen activities for me after 2pm until I am sleeping through the night (2pm onwards seems to be the Mummy Brain zombie zone).

Showers with my Daughter…

One of the best parts of my day is having a shower with my baby girl. Watching her play with her legs kicking out like a damn frog is hilarious! She has refused to take a bath since the day she was born; I tried bathing her by literally holding her as close to me as I could but she was not having it; the screams that came out of her! So we started giving her showers with either of us and she has loved them (thank god). I think once she is sitting up on her own though I will try giving her a bath again.

It is quite a task getting the timing right from undressing her and myself ready for the shower and going from the change table to the shower, and to manage all of that without getting a single bit of pee on you! I usually have the timing down, however the other night I was having an attack of Mummy Brain and I was trying to do way too many things at once. I had hubby trying to talk to me, food on the stove, washing to throw in the machine and all that while organising the shower time.

I am sure you can only guess… the timing was off and yep… I was peed on! Not the worst that has happened since having my daughter but still who really wants to be peed on 🙂

How beautiful are baby giggles!

The moment you first hear your child laugh is priceless. They make you go all gooey inside and all you can do is cry, laugh, smile and cry again (mummy hormones).

This week though my little girl has started getting the giggles and its so precious, especially when she is giggling in her sleep (wonder what she is dreaming of then). Her smile is so infectious and I just cant help watching her for hours on end – not very productive I know!

 

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How could that smile not melt your heart!

Coffee – “I need my Coffee!”

Caramel Lattes, Gloria Jeans Voltage, Iced Coffee, Double Espressos – All are also known as my Life Line! I don’t look pretty until I have my coffee of a morning; and then again late morning and noon!

Now some may say I have a coffee addiction the way I guzzle it down (and they are always a Large to Go) but I believe caffeine is a god sent. I adore the smell and taste of a good coffee and love the fact that I can now make a great coffee at home; but it always tastes nicer from a café.

I have decided though that I can spend all the money on a barista course and make my own coffee with my new espresso machine that the parents brought us for Christmas. So keep an eye out later for my post soon on the barista course and more coffee love.

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Well baby girl is up and ready for another feed, so until next week…

Keep smiling and thanks for reading;

Love Ang x

 

 

 

Taking the plunge into the deep oceans of Blogging!

Have you ever tried to plan a blog post in the dark with two loud snorers on either side of you? Well let me paint you a picture…

My 3 month old snores

I’m laying on my bed writing with my iPad open next to me and the only source of light is coming from a small night light; my husband is sound asleep to my left snoring away and my beautiful 3 month old baby girl is snuggled in her cot to my right with the loudest snoring coming from her (poor girl got that from me I fear).

 

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A selfie of me and my baby girl 🙂

 

A wife, a mum, an entrepreneur

Well now that you can almost picture me here writing, let me introduce myself. I am a 30 year old (almost 31), a new mother, a wife to an amazing Punjabi man, a business woman, a crafter and a lover of all things pretty. I have recently decided to turn dreams into reality (after all what are new years resolutions and goals for?). My goal is to stay at home with my daughter and still have a career.

 

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My darling husband and I on our wedding day September 2014

 

What is Inspired by Eva?

Eva (Evaleen Jane Singh – my beautiful daughter) is my inspiration and makes all the late nights and super early mornings all worth it. She inspired me to take the leap of faith and go for my goals this year and I thought that there was no better business name. I now have an Etsy store and Facebook page for the business and I plan to use this blog to share my business journey as well as my journey through motherhood.

Inspired by Eva is a handmade home décor and jewellery store. These are some of our favourite coasters and studs.

 

 

Let me share with you

I decided to take the blogging plunge so I could allow customers to get to know me and the story behind the products by InspiredbyEva; but I also wanted to express my joy, fears and excitement during one of the biggest journeys of my life – Motherhood!

This blog will also be my way of sharing recipes, DIY demonstrations, travels to India, healthy lifestyle goals and my love for home décor.

As I am new to all of this I ask you to bare with me through the early posts while I get the hang of things and find the time between feeds, burps, hiccups and cuddles. The plan is to post once a week on Tuesdays and if I can find the time I will have smaller posts on the weekends.

I would love to hear all about your stories, this is not a blog that is just a one way street. Comments are very welcomed and please feel free to email me on inspiredbyeva@outlook.com and I will always respond.

Keep smiling and thanks for reading;

Love Ang x